Actinotus helianthi Labill.

Flannel Flower

Shrubby, softly white-hairy annual or perennial herbs. Leaves twice divided into 3, blade to 5 cm long and wide, with segments 1.5-3 cm long. Flower heads to 2 cm wide and surrounded by the white woolly, green-tipped, petal-like bracts, the outer flowers male, inner ones bisexual; spring. Petals absent.

Qld, NSW


The lower-growing A. minor (Sm.) DC., Lesser Flannel Flower, with flower heads about 1 cm wide, is occasionally grown.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Apiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Apiaceae
genus        Actinotus Labill.